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    Johann Sebastian Bach 

    A monumental work both in its form and duration, the Matthäus-Passion is the apogee of the Cantor of Leipzig’s choral work.

    Photo de Enrico Onofri © Chico de Luigi
    Enrico Onofri © Chico de Luigi

    Werner Güra | tenor (Evangelist)
    Louis Morvan | bass (Jesus) 
    Julie Roset | soprano
    Giuseppina Bridelli | alto
    Fabien Hyon | tenor
    Thomas Dolié | baritone

    Enrico Onofri | direction
    Orchestre National d’Auvergne
    Chœur NFM-Varsovie | direction Lionel Sow 

    In early eighteenth-century Germany, a widespread custom developed of performing a major choral work on Good Friday based on the Passion of Christ. During the few years separating the St John Passion (1723-24) from the St Matthew Passion (1727), Bach continued to develop his musical experience and added a number of innovations to his second great Passion. He created a fuller sound by introducing a third chorus and enhanced the variety of the recitative. This masterpiece by Bach brings the very long list of Passions in the history of music to a close. With a few exceptions, those which followed were no longer Passions in the liturgical sense as Bach understood it, but would blaze the trail for the oratorio form.

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